Pennfield coach seeking milestone

Pennfield coach seeking milestone

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The 35th Annual All-City Volleyball Tournament could have some added meaning for Pennfield head coach Tom VanWienen.

The six-year Panther head coach will go for his 500th career victory on Saturday when Pennfield takes on city foes Battle Creek Central, Harper Creek, Lakeview and St. Philip. The tournament is at Battle Creek Central, beginning at 9 a.m.

VanWienen’s 499 career victories include his previous tenure as varsity head coach at Climax-Scotts. He was also an assistant coach for the Olivet College volleyball team before coming to Pennfield.

Class D top-ranked St. Philip will be going for its fifth straight All-City championship, with Harper Creek being the previous school to win the tournament back in 2007. The Tigers have won 11 city championships in the tournament’s history, followed by Lakeview with eight titles.

Girls’ golf regionals continue today

The Michigan High School Athletic Association girls’ golf regionals teed off on Wednesday and will continue today.

Local teams in action today will be Battle Creek Central/Pennfield co-op (Division 1), Lakeview and Gull Lake (Division 2).

Harper Creek, Marshall and Coldwater participated in the Division 3 regional at Vicksburg on Wednesday.

The MHSAA finals are Oct. 19-20. Division 1 will be at Forest Akers East at Michigan State; Division 2 at The Meadows at Grand Valley State; Division 3 at Bedford Valley in Battle Creek; and Division 4 at Forest Akers West at Michigan State.

Boys’ tennis regionals begin today

Battle Creek Central, Lakeview and Gull Lake will help start the 2012 MHSAA boys’ tennis postseason today when all three are in action at the Division 2 regional at Portage Northern.

On Friday, Harper Creek, Coldwater and Marshall will play at Sturgis for a Division 3 regional, while Albion, St. Philip/Calhoun Christian, Pennfield, Bronson and Galesburg-Augusta are slated to be at the Division 4 regional at Battle Creek Central.

The MHSAA Finals are Oct. 19-20, with Division 1 at Midland Community Tennis Center; Division 2 at Holly/Fenton; Division 3 at Holland Christian; and Division 4 at Kalamazoo College.

Local teams own state rankings

Several area squads are ranked among the top teams in the state according to their respective coaches association polls:

* Volleyball: Gull Lake is No. 1 in Class A; Bronson and Delton Kellogg are honorable mention in Class C; and St. Philip is No. 1 and Athens is honorable mention in Class D.

* Girls’ golf: Lakeview is No. 3 in Division 2.

* Girls’ cross country: Gull Lake is No. 7 in Division 2; Homer is No. 2 in Division 4.

* Boys’ soccer: Coldwater is honorable mention in Division 2.

* Boys’ tennis: Lakeview is No. 8 in Division 2.

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